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Storm Overwhelms Ursuline in Season Opener Saturday Night, 97-31
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Opening the 2011-12 season in style, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team raced out to a 12-0 lead and were never challenged in a wire-to-wire 97-31 victory over traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College Saturday night (Nov. 12) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
Five different Storm (1-0) players scored in the opening 12-0 run. Defensively, Lake Erie held Ursuline (0-1) in single digits until there was 7:24 left in the first half. By that time it was 30-10, Lake Erie then closed the first half with a 22-6 run.
Senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth), who hit five three-pointers a year ago in a win over the Arrows, hit three three's and scored 13 points in the opening 20 minutes. Classmates Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had 10 and nine points, respectively, and the Storm shot 57.9 percent (22-of-38) in building a 58-16 lead at halftime. Those three did not score in limited action the rest of the way.
The onslaught continued in the second half as Lake Erie extended the lead to 50 points at 73-23 midway through the period. The Storm closed it out by outscoring Ursuline 24-8 the rest of the way.
Junior Taylor Rogers (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland/Baldwin-Wallace) scored 13 and classmate Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) added 11, both off the bench, as the Storm went 37-of-74 from the field in the game (50%). Wojciechowski had three of LEC's seven three-pointers.
The Storm held Ursuline to just 17.5% shooting (10-of-57) in the game, including only three-of-25 in the second half. They also forced 36 turnovers and had 25 steaks. Brooke Trauthwein led the Arrows with 11 points off the bench.
Senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored seven points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in her first action since returning from a knee injury that cost her all of the 2010-11 season. Busson finished with four assists and six steals.
Lake Erie, which plays six of its first seven games at home, hosts Salem International University on Tuesday night, Nov. 15. The first game of a women's and men's doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m.